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* * * About Pastor Jim Castello * * *

     Pastor Pastor Jim Castello was born in Sandusky, Ohio, on November 16, 1951, the third of eight children. His father worked as a grocery store manager, and his mother was a homemaker and still lives in Sandusky.

     He had numerous and varied summer jobs growing up, including factory work, cleaning meat freezers, department store clerk, and radio disc jockey. He attended Bowling Green State University, graduating in 1975 with a Bachelor’s degree in education. It was there that he met his wife, Carol, who also has an education degree from B.G.

     Pastor and Carol have three daughters and sons-in-law and eight grandchildren. Becky, the oldest, and her family--husband, Andy Aelker, and three sons, Zachary, Jacob, and Lucas—live in Gibsonburg. Middle daughter Emily lives in Perrysburg with her husband, Jason Jordan; daughter, Hannah; and son, Noah. Youngest daughter Rachel is married to Kevin Dunn; they live in Dillwyn, Virginia, with their daughters, Nora and Lily, and son, Grayson.

     Pastor Castello’s wife, Carol, has always been an active partner in his ministry. She has been involved with E.L.C.A. World Hunger and Church World Service CROP Hunger Walks for years and is a part of the Northwestern Ohio Synod Disability Ministry Task Force. She is Board President and volunteer with Together We Can Make A Difference Initiatives in Napoleon, a non-profit organization that provides personal care and toiletry items to people in need. She was born in Columbus, Ohio, on May 12, 1955, the youngest of four children. Her father was a United Methodist minister, and her mother was a music teacher.

     Pastor Castello interned in southern Indiana in Patricksburg (near Bloomington). He graduated from Trinity Lutheran Seminary and was ordained on May 29, 1983. His first call was a two-point parish in Southwest Minnesota—Heron Lake and Delafield Lutheran Churches (near Worthington, Minnesota). His call before coming to Napoleon was a two-point parish in southwest Ohio—St. Matthew’s, Ithaca, and Trinity, Pitsburg (northwest of Dayton). He has been at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Napoleon since Thanksgiving of 2004.


* * * A Message from Jim Castello * * *

Dear Friends in Christ,

     Thank you for visiting the web site of Emanuel Lutheran Church in Napoleon, Ohio. We hope you will visit the site often. This is an active and dedicated congregation which struggles to live out the Gospel in their everyday lives. Like all of God's children, we fall short of His glory and come before Him as beggars. But we know of His freely given grace through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Knowing that gift is what empowers us and motivates us, we are humbled and privileged to be called children of His.

     We hope that you know of His freely given love as well. If so, you know the importance of regular worship and prayer. If you aren't sure, we invite you to our worship services or to those of the church of your choice to learn more.

     We are all on a journey of faith. God bless you in yours. Keep in mind the words of God through the prophet Isaiah 65:1. It reads, "I was ready to be sought out by those who did not ask, to be found by those who did not seek me".

See you in church,

Pastor Jim Castello

Last Updated 12/27/2011